Final Fantasy VII remake rumours spark up again in today’s news roundup. In other news Gears of War 2 is set to receive a “game of the year” edition, and Microsoft finally announce the Xbox 360 Elite price drop, while running into a bit of trouble regarding skin colour changes at the same time.
Final Fantasy VII Remake a Distinct Possibility
As Final Fantasy VII grows older and older, the demand for a remake becomes stronger and stronger. Square Enix has frequently denied that a remake is in their plans, but this still hasn’t stopped fans pestering until it actually happens. Rumours and speculation initially surfaced when Square decided to show off the PS3’s graphics, using a remade scene from Final Fantasy VII. Square’s most recent denial comes from Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama, communicated through a translator.
“There's no official project that's up and running for a remake of Final Fantasy VII at this point. Both Toriyama-san and Kitase-san were involved in the development of the game, however, and it holds a special place in their hearts. They do talk about it on a personal level, like, 'If we did it, it would be like this or like that.” This latest tease gives fans hope that a remake isn’t outside the realms of possibility, so until Square reveal more they recommend you download the original on the PlayStation Network to keep yourself busy. [VG247]
Gears Of War 2 Gets Game Of the Year Edition
Recent rumours suggesting a “game of the Year” edition is set for Gears of War 2 has been confirmed by Epic. All the available downloadable content for the game will be included in the package via a card allowing you to download the content online.
19 maps will be added, as well as the “Road To Ruin”, a bonus single-player level. Only an American release has been confirmed, hitting on the 1st of September for the price of $40. A UK price and release will hopefully be announced soon. [1UP]
Microsoft Price Drop And Hike Confirmed
Following months of speculation the Xbox 360 Elite has finally dropped in price. From as soon as tomorrow the Xbox 360 Elite 120GB will sell with its new price tag of £199.99, a £30 drop from the current price.
The Xbox 360 Arcade also received an expected price increase of £30 to £159.99, although Microsoft is yet to clarify what extras the pack will come with. Following this the Xbox 360 Pro will be phased out until it disappears from our retailers forever. Microsoft, the sly devils, has put these prices in effect a weekend before the PS3 Slim sees release on Tuesday. [MCVUK]
Microsoft Apologise For Editing Black Man’s appearance
Microsoft landed in hot soup when it was discovered an advertisement on Microsoft’s Business Productivity website for IT tools was clearly a victim of Photoshop. The advertisement originally portrayed a meeting between an Asian man, a black man and a white woman.
Unfortunately the advertisement intended for the Polish market changed the blacks mans face into a white one, but carelessly the black man's hand was left untouched, making the edit rather obvious. A Microsoft spokesperson announced “We are looking into the details of this situation. We apologise and are in the process of pulling down the image”. [GameZine]